We have traditionally thought of popcorn to be a special treat at the movie theater or when you’re lounging watching movies on the couch. Expand your minds and palates and let popcorn become a regular snack that can help you dump the chips and cookies that are gushing with sodium and sugar.Gutwein Gourmet Popping Corn has a wide array of flavors for all tastes ranging from the subtle taste of light butter to bold flavors like hot and spicy. There’s even kettle corn for those with a sweet tooth. In addition to mouthwatering flavors, popcorn has immense health benefits and can even help prevent disease. Here are four perks of popcorn:
1.) It is a source of whole grains
In 2005, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services included whole grains in their Dietery Guidelines for Americans for the first time. Fast forward five years to 2010, and they suggest trying to replace refined grains with whole grains (wholegrainscouncil.org). For those fretting over what to eat or worrying that their grains are chock-full of sodium, fats and sugars, gourmet popcorn is here to save the day. Plain popcorn like our 2-lb. stand-up bags of bulk popcorn kernels is just that — whole grains comprising all three components that make up a whole grain (germ, bran and endosperm). What’s the big deal about whole grains? The germ is loaded with healthy oils, vitamin E, protein, several B vitamins and minerals. Fiber dwells in the bran, while protein and fiber reside in the endosperm. As if that doesn’t seal the deal, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported that popcorn eaters consume an average of up 250% more whole grains than non-popcorn eaters.
2.) It’s good for weight loss
It’s easy to pile on the calories when you have your hand deep in a bag of chips while watching TV or shoveling candy into your mouth. If you’re a fan of snacks, you don’t have to ditch them all together to lose weight, just make more mindful decisions on what to nosh on. One cup of popped popcorn only contains 30 calories,, which is about five times less than potato chips! Popcorn can also inhibit the release of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, and can prevent overeating. Another benefit to snacking on popcorn is that it is low in saturated fats and its natural oils are good for the body.
3.) It’s rich in fiber
Dietary fiber is one of the biggest perks of whole grains and popcorn clocks in at about 1 gram of dietary fiber per cup. Fiber helps regulate our digestive tracts and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduces blood cholesterol, and regulates blood sugar.
4.) It’s also rich in antioxidants
A 2012 study by the University of Scranton found popcorn to contain a higher antioxidant concentration than a lot of fruit! Antioxidants are billowing with health benefits such as preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. They also play a role in being digestive agents that eliminate free radicals that mutate healthy cell DNA into cancerous cells.